global financial crisis (GFC)

What next for unconventional monetary policies?

(Dec 2): The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bankers’ club in Basel, Switzerland, recently conducted an in-depth evaluation of the unconventional monetary policies that have become the norm in many countries since the 2008 financial crisis.


Two groups of stocks are about to send crisis-era signals on the economy

(June 25): The S&P 500 is at a record, but areas of the stock market with a reputation for economic prescience are sending warning signals that hearken to the global financial crisis.

It’s small caps and transportation stocks, whose performance has deteriorated at a much faster clip than other parts of the market. Relative to the S&P 500, each group is on the brink of hitting its lowest point since 2009. For investors, the decline is another example of the growth debate churning underneath the market’s surface.

Bernanke admits Fed made mistakes combating financial crisis 10 years ago

WASHINGTON (Sept 13): Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged that policy makers made two critical errors fighting the financial crisis a decade ago: They failed to see it coming with such force then underestimated how much economic damage it would cause later.

"Nobody saw how widespread and devastating the crisis itself would be," he said in a short video discussing the results of a 90-page paper on the subject released on Thursday.

Are we headed for another recession?

SINGAPORE (Sept 7): The outcome of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has altered the business and economic landscape — for better or worse.

First, tighter regulations in the financial services industry were introduced in the US, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted in 2010. Globally, including in Singapore, Basel III required banks to have higher capital and liquidity requirements.

The GFC’s warning signs had been missed by the financial markets community, from economists to bankers and analysts.

Millennials sit out the bull stock market: Barry Ritholtz

(Sept 6): What has happened to the generation of investors that came of age in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? The evidence suggests their experiences scarred them deeply, though we don’t yet know if this psychological damage is permanent.


What has improved 10 years after Lehman: DBS

SINGAPORE (Sept 4): This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis or Lehman Crisis that sent shock waves through the global financial system.

On Sept 2008, financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy which eventually prompted massive capital-raising exercises to keep a number of key financial institutions afloat.


Emerging Asia hit by biggest foreign investor exodus since 2008

BANGKOK (June 18): A falling tide lowers all boats, it seems. Amid an exodus from emerging markets, investors are pulling out of even Asian economies with solid prospects for growth and debt financing.

Overseas funds are pulling out of six major Asian emerging equity markets at a pace unseen since the global financial crisis of 2008 -- withdrawing US$19 billion from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand so far this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Asian consumption on upward trend despite weak G7 growth in 2018: Oxford Economics

SINGAPORE (May 25): Relatively weak consumption growth is likely to persist across G7 nations this year, says Oxford Economics on the belief that the impact of a recovery in real incomes will be dampened by higher oil prices and waning wealth effects going forward. 

The research firm’s baseline forecast is for G7 household spending growth to remain broadly stable in 2018, but for the key drivers – namely income, housing wealth, equity wealth and interest rates – to rotate.

Learn to profit from volatility in this year of normalisation, Lombard Odier CIO tells investors

SINGAPORE (Feb 20): Sharp movements in markets have been a wake-up call for complacent investors, but this should not have come as a surprise, says Lombard Odier Private Bank in its CIO Viewpoint February report.

The normalisation of monetary policy brings challenges to financial markets and 10 years after the Global Financial Crisis, economies are starting to stand on their own two feet again, says CIO Stéphane Monier.

Central banks find that a tool to curb bubbles is doing the job

SINGAPORE (Dec 4): Central bankers are starting to see promising results from one of the recent additions to their monetary policy toolbox.

Lending curbs to stem financial risk -- so-called macroprudential limits -- have helped slow risky borrowing and temper property price bubbles in countries from New Zealand to Canada, a host of financial stability reports showed this week. While there hasn’t been uniform success -- Hong Kong’s housing market shows no signs of cooling -- it’s given central banks some breathing space to be more gradual in tightening monetary policy.

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